A Quick Tip for Reducing Noise While Hammering

Those of us who live in apartments or shared spaces often have noise concerns when hammering, such as neighbors who don’t like to hear hammering all day long! A folded quilt or towel placed under the bench block reduces noise considerably, without a noticeable effect on hammering effectiveness.

I’ve been photographing the steps for an interesting link today. The tutorial is coming soon.

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Essential Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners

One of the best things about wire wrapped jewelry making is the low barrier to entry for beginners.  While an expansive array of jewelry making tools is available to those who wish to explore them, the fact is that only a few essential tools are necessary for a new wire wrapped jewelry maker.  All you’ll need to get started with this craft is some beads, wire, and the few tools I’ll describe below.

Round Nose Pliers

Round nose pliers for jewelry making
Round nose pliers for jewelry making

Round nose pliers may be the most frequently used tool in wire wrapped jewelry making.  Round nose pliers are used to form simple loops and wrapped loops, the two most common “cold connections.”   Cold connections are methods of joining jewelry components without the use of heat (as is required  in soldering, casting, etc.).  Round nose pliers are essential to creating spirals, a decorative element that appears frequently in wire wrapped jewelry, and an aesthetically pleasing way of disguising wire ends.  Their tiny tips also make round nose pliers useful for gripping wires in tight places where your fingers may not fit.

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